Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Call for papers: International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion - Diversity and Reading special issue

The IJIDI (International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion) invites submissions for a themed issue dedicated to research on the intersection of reading practices and diversity and inclusion in libraries, archives, information centers, cultural heritage institutions, museums, bookstores, publishing, and a wide variety of social-cultural, private, and geo-political contexts. Research generated by international scholars and/or focusing on reading around the world is particularly welcome.  

IJIDI welcomes a broad spectrum of submissions on any topics related to diversity and reading, including, but not limited to, topics such as:

  • collection practices and representations of reading interests of diverse groups of readers
  • conceptual considerations of reading in libraries, archives, and documentation centers, including theoretical ideas from information science, critical theory, reader response theory, new literacy studies, cultural theory, indigenous epistemology, etc.
  • history of reading as a reflection of diversity
  • publishing and diversity
  • impacts of reading interests/practices of librarians and/or library staff on library services to diverse groups of readers
  • impacts of digital technologies on reading practices of diverse groups of readers
  • preservation practices of texts from diverse cultures
  • reading as a means of cultural immersion
  • reading as a literacy practice of diverse groups of readers
  • reading and other leisure and entertainment practices in diverse communities
  • reading and information literacy in diverse populations
  • publishing, libraries, book trade, censorship, and reading practices around the world 
Shorter submissions for the special section are also welcome. These may include work in progress, reports from the field, student projects, and theory-to-practice pieces. 

Author Guidelines
Please consult IJIDI author guidelines at

Submission Process
Expressions of interest (up to 250 words - include your name, affiliation, topic of interest and how it relates to the theme "Diversity and Reading" sent to Guest Editor by June 15, 2018.

    •    Acceptance notices sent to authors by July 15, 2018
    •    Papers submitted by October 1, 2018.
    •    Publication scheduled for the April 2019 issue.
Please consult IJIDI submission timeline and process for details at

Any questions related to this issue should be addressed to Guest Editor, Vanessa Irvin, at 

Visit IJIDI’s website at for more information about the journal.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Diversity by Design wins David Cohen/EMIERT Multicultural Award

Congratulations to Keren Dali (School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta) and Nadia Caidi (Faculty of Information, University of Toronto) on receiving the 2018 Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) David Cohen/EMIERT Multicultural Award for their Library Quarterly article entitled Diversity by Design. The article introduces the concept of diversity by design and demonstrates that "diversity, broadly conceived, is foundational to LIS and that discounting or underappreciating its pivotal function may have a disintegrating effect on our practice, scholarship, and education." Read the full press release here.

ALA's David Cohen/EMIERT Multicultural Award recognizes recent articles that include significant new research related to the understanding and promotion of multiculturalism in libraries in North America. Works published within the last two years preceding the award application deadline are eligible to receive the award.

Learn more about the award at

Monday, May 21, 2018

Libraries, governance, and sustainable development

Libraries can play a role in promoting effective governance leading to sustainable development as part of their broader mission to provide access to information. 

IFLA's Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression has released a briefing outlining how libraries can support better policy-making, make it easier for citizens to engage with government services and make use of their rights, and help ensure transparency and accountability. Download the full briefing at

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

IRRT Chair's Program at ALA Annual

IRRT Chair's Program: Libraries Saving Lives: Serving immigrants and refugees
Saturday, June 23, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m

Global mobility and recent worldwide crises have led to an increase in immigrants and refugees seeking to improve their lives in sometimes unfamiliar countries and cultures. Libraries around the globe are responding to and welcoming the newcomers of all ages, languages, and nationalities into their communities. By developing services, programs, collections and spaces, they are assisting these particularly vulnerable populations with logistical and cultural adjustment through such programs as innovative language learning meet-ups, job-seeking guidance, and homework assistance. During this program, you’ll hear about how librarians in Malmö, Sweden; Cologne, Germany; and Kentucky, U.S., are using ground-breaking models and creating dynamic spaces to engage immigrants and refugees. Panelists will make suggestions on how you can adapt these ideas to transform your own libraries into socially inclusive spaces.


Dr. Hannelore Vogt,
Director of the Cologne Public Library, Germany

Torbjörn Nilsson,
Library Director Malmö City Library, Sweden

Sophie Maier,
Immigrant Services Librarian at the Iroquois Branch,
Louisville Free Public Library, Kentucky